John C. Griswold was a resident of the Town of Arkwright, Chautauqua County, NY at the beginning of the Civil War. At the age of 43, Griswold was mustered in as a first lieutenant, Company F, 154th Regiment, New York State Volunteers on 23 September 1862 to serve for three years. His regiment served in Virginia, at Gettysburg and in Tennessee. Griswold was wounded and captured in action at Chancellorville, VA on 2 May 1863. He was in Libby Prison until 26 May 1863, then in hospital at Annapolis, MD, rejoining his regiment in August 1863. The regiment was sent to Tennessee and Griswold was there for the Battles of Chickamuga, Chattanooga, and Lookout Mountain although his disability prevented his active participation in battle. He was discharged for disability 28 April 1864 at Chattanooga, TN.
Griswold had two furloughs home after he was wounded. His letters continually expressed a concern for his wife’s health and then shortly after his second furlough he received word that his wife had died. Soon after this he was mustered out of service and returned to the Town of Arkwright. Griswold served the Town of Arkwright as a justice of the peace for forty years and was a representative on the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors for six terms. He died 24 July 1892 in his 73rd year.
John and Susan’s son DeWitt died of diptheria in 1861, at the age of 10. Cassius married Alice Terry in 1868, he died in Arkwright on Aug. 2, 1905.